Main title from Hamlet (1948) (2).  Laurence Olivier presents Hamlet by William Shakespeare


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| Film | | UK | Drama | 2h 35min
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie

Prince Hamlet takes too long making up his mind to avenge his father’s death

Cast (16)

British actor, Laurence Olivier, with a small moustache wears a dark suit and herringbone tie
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Jean Simmons, British actress, wears a lacy top and a pearl necklace as she poses for a 1950s publicity photo
John Laurie
Main title from The Vicar of Bray (1937) (11). Esmond Knight as Dennis Melross
Esmond Knight
Anthony Quayle
Niall MacGinnis
Sea Captain
Harcourt Williams
First Player
Patrick Troughton
Player King
Tony Tarver
Player Queen
Peter Cushing
British comedian Stanley Holloway wears a trilby, jacket and tie as he smokes his pipe
Russell Thorndike
Basil Sydney
Claudius - The King
Eileen Herlie
Gertrude - The Queen
Norman Wooland
Horatio - His Friend
British actor Felix Aylmer wears a white dinner jacket and bow tie
Polonius - Lord Chamberlain
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Hamlet Blu-ray [2009]
Hamlet Blu-ray from ITV Studios

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Hamlet DVD [2003]
Hamlet DVD

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Production company

Two Cities Films
Logo for the Two Cities Film production company.  This was the company’s second logo.


  • 1949 - (Nominated) Academy Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Jean Simmons (1948)

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Main title from Hamlet (1948) (2).  Laurence Olivier presents Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The sight of Yorick’s skull in a churchyard evokes a monologue from Prince Hamlet (Laurence Olivier) on mortality
Hamlet Blu-ray from ITV Studios
Photograph from Hamlet (1948)
Hamlet DVD

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